Originally Posted by ZoeGirl
I never understood why sometimes I could eat steak and be fine and others times I'd be curled up in a ball crying. I think my gallbladder was slowly failing and sometimes it was working and other times not. I would occasionally get massive stomach cramps when eating certain foods while other times I'd be fine. I never got right sided pain so, like I've said before, I never considered it to be my gallbladder.
After the HIDA scan with CCK I was unable to eat ANYTHING with fat. Actually I didn't eat a whole lot the week between that and surgery. I had three massive attacks that week, I think the CCK aggravated my gallbladder and made things way worse. Not saying it broke anything, just pushed it past a point.
I still bloat a little (2 weeks post op) and I'm still burping, I was hoping all that would stop and was caused by my gallbladder. I can eat fat now, although excessively fat (um fried onion rings) will give me a stomach ache, but only for about 15 mins. (I was testing out foods, those were a bad idea).
Still I am able to eat regular food already. I hear some people had a hard time afterwards but it's been easy for me so far. I think because I didn't have stones and my gallbladder just wasn't working at all. I was nervous about getting it out because of some horror stories but figured I had nothing to lose since it was just sitting there!
If anything, I've found your body can react in weird ways - and different ways than others when something is wrong.
Keep eating very low fat until you can see someone who takes you seriously. My doctor didn't even suggest the scan, I did and he just said "OK". It was afterwards they told me had they not done the CCK injection they would have never seen a problem. BTW, not sure if you read this, I do have Crohn's, so some of my symptoms are hard to read or were mixed with that. Crohn's is actually what caused my gallbladder to inflame and stop working (so they tell me).
Thanks SO MUCH for responding. I'm not sure what would make my gb stop functioning (or function less than it should be), as I never had a single digestive problem before this past February. If anything, I used to brag about having an "iron stomach" The only thing I do wonder is if the small "flecks" that were floating around in my gb might've caused it to start acting up, but then the small stones passed without me noticing. Like you said, it is odd how sometimes you can eat things and be fine, and other times you eat the same things and have problems. I wonder if it's related to my menstrual cycle, but I really have no idea. All I know is that before I started having problems, I had chills and achiness for three nights in a row. On Day 4 I woke up with a lack of appetite that was so unlike me. I just laughed it off and figured I'd be better within a few days....which I was, until it came back a week later. Ever since then it's been low fat, low fat, low fat!
I'm glad that your doctor didn't hassle you when you suggested the HIDA scan. My first doc didn't either, but once the scan part came back normal, I think he was like, "I just don't think it's your gb". But like you said, we all present differently. Mine may not be my gb, but I want to know for sure. Or at least as sure as I can be. Anyway, that's interesting that the CCK injection part of the HIDA seemed to "push" your gb to the limit. Weird.
I've never had any problems with my bowels since this started. Even when I was eating only 800 calories a day for a period of about 6 week before I discovered the Protonix was making it hard for me to digest my food, I still had daily or almost daily, normal looking bowel movements. But again, everyone is different. Somebody on one of the threads here mentioned that healthy bowels float and don't sink. Mine sink. Sorry for the TMI, but I wonder if that's a myth, or if there's really something to that. I have no clue.
I will definitely keep eating the way I've been eating until I see a doc who will be more proactive. It seems like everyone on here has had no trouble getting a multitude of tests, but my last doc seemed hesitant to suggest anything.
Like you, the horror stories about gb removal that I've read have been disheartening. But everyone I know whose had their's out has been fine. They're the ones who don't post on these boards! But I'm glad there's a forum like this for people who do need support in these matters (like myself), otherwise I'd feel even more frustrated than I already am!
Good luck in your continued recovery. You're a brave soul for trying fried onions, but I'm glad that even then, the pain only lasted for 15 minutes. Seems like a true sign that your gb was the culprit since before that kind of food would've caused you to have hours of pain I'm sure!